Still Motion

November 28, 2008

I’m relatively inert in the hammock, but one of my favorite Black Crowes’ songs has come on from a show from Nov 10 2008 in Clearwater, Florida, “Wiser Time”, a roadsong for my college times.  “You ask me why another roadsong, funny but I bet you never left home” as Nate, Corrie and Jeff and I make a 13-hour drive from Flagstaff to Denver to see the Black Crowes September 28, 1996.  This song is motion and specifically reminds me of times in motion, purpose of motion, consequences of motion, reasons for motion, all of it.  And yet here I am in the hammock, still as hell:

“On a good day, I know it’s not every day, we can part the sea

Well, on a bad day, it’s not everday, glory just beyond our reach”

How can those lines not make you feel in church?  I’ve seen the Black Crowes 26 times, starting the day before my 21st birthday in Mesa, Arizona to this past April in Amsterdam.  I have plans to see them 3 times next month at the fabled Fillmore Theater in San Francisco.

By the end of next summer, I will have been in San Francisco 5 times since the beginning of 2008, a 18-month window.  That’s a lot of motion, isn’t it?  Amazing to think I’ve been in Brasov, Romania, San Francisco, and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and Amsterdam and Vienna just in the past 9 months…a baby could have been born.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008

I’m sick, eating an ovened pizza and thinking about how much I want to lie in bed.  Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂  See some of you in 2 weeks, can’t wait!


November 23, 2008

I’ve invented a new German word: Sanfransuechtig. Suechtig means “addicted to” and well, Sanfran is pretty easy to follow.  I just, pretty impulsively bought plane tickets to be in San Francisco for 11 days in March of next year.  Franziska will be there and we’ll be able to celebrate her birthday together again. This year it was in Vienna and next year in San Francisco, not a bad start, eh? Maybe we can find a play to go to and/or sneak away to Napa Valley for a night or two for wine tasting and fun.

It wasn’t the most professional thing I’ve ever done but nor was it the least professional.  It’s just one week or work missed, and I love that I can take these chances.  It’s fun. 🙂

Great brunch with my folks and Franziska and her friend Jan in the highest building in Freiburg, a great view of the snow that was still suck on the roofs.  Last night’s snow was one of those moments you never forget. Now it’s snowing, my parents are in their hotel room and probably watching tv and my mom is constantly looking out the window and giddy as a schoolgirl, I’m in the hammock and my window is full of snow. It’s gonna be interesting going to work tomorrow, I can’t wait!

Cold as hell!

November 22, 2008

Sorry I’ve been incommunicado all week, after barcelona, I was busy with work and then my parents came back into town last night.  They had a great time in Amsterdam and even had what can be called a “productive” time work-wise.  We went to dinner last night with some friends and colleagues, some damn good italian food, I was wild boar, franziska had rabbit which was delicious!

We went to the Australian place where a friend Kristina works and had some more drinks and desserts. Franziska and I caught the last tram home.

We had planned on going to Heidelberg today but my mom wasn’t feeling too well and it’s cold as hell here, literally at the freezing point and some light snow fluttering about which is really exciting for my parents, something they don’t get to see.  I think the last time my parents saw any snow was 3-4 years ago when they came to Freiburg to visit, how funny is that?

The first thing we did was get a sausage at the market around the big church and then we did some shopping. I am the proud owner of two new ties and 3 shirts and a new scarf. I’m gonna knock ’em dead at work on Monday. 🙂

Then we went to a flea market and bought some stuff, had some Turkish food for a late lunch and then my parents went back to the hotel and I came home so I could clean my room which needed it desperately.

We’re going to Tacheles for dinner tonight for some schnitzel and then probably an early night. I have not had enough sleep for about a week and I can feel how exhausted I am right now.

Today is the 45th anniversary of JFK being shot. As Vonnegut used to write, “so it goes”.

Cotton-picking and the 2008 election

November 17, 2008

A map with historical cotton-picking places and the 2008 election

back from barthelona

November 17, 2008

What a great weekend.  Flew to Barcelona on Friday with Franziska and my parents.  We checked into a nice, modern hotel and enjoyed the town for a few hours before having a cocktail hour (with no cocktails) aka open bar at the hotel with about 75 other distributors for a dutch marine parts company.  People from probably 10 different countries, in order of dominance, dutch, americans, english, germans, norwegian, an australia and some various asian countries over in the corner. 🙂 Had a nice, festive dinner in the hotel with everyone and the next morning went into the city with the “wives”, me being the only guy among 11 people.  Had a group tour (with 2 tour buses) of park guell, sagrada familia, and then my parents and franziska and i found a cafe that was hard to find, called the forest of the fairies. a chick in guatemala from barcelona told us about it in september.  it was amazing, nothing more to say.  Then amazing dinner with all 80 people at a fancy restaurant at the beach. 5-6 tapas, free champagne and wine and whatever, then a huge fish platter with about 5 kinds of stuff on it.  franziska had a great cut of filet (beef).  Dinner was from 9pm to nearly midnight.

We were tired sunday but ended up finding a great museum and a nice asian late lunch on the harbor with a great view.  Another big dinner at night with everyone, about 20 minutes outside of town but oozing with charm and had a hunk of lamb that kicked ass.

group taxi to airport, fly to basel, bus to train station, running and missing a train, then the train and then tram and 3 minutes of walking. It feels so good to be home.  What a great weekend.

ps I didn’t like the pillows at the hotel.


November 10, 2008

It’s pretty funny, I was a little grumpy this morning, just didn’t sleep enough somehow.  I had a slow but productive morning, did some writing, my lesson plans, called the Deutsche Bahn, made some photocopies and took my lady out to a (very cheap) lunch. 🙂  We did some shopping after that, buying my roommate’s birthday gift (season 7 and 10 of Friends, don’t worry, I don’t think she’s ever been on this page before), buying ourselves a few dvds (I got The Kingdom I think it’s called, with Jamie Foxx in Saudi Arabia or something) and then went to a nice Swiss supermarket where Franziska bought 3 different mustards for my dad for Xmas, I hope he likes them.  They have a lot more mustard varieties here than we do in the States.

My parents are coming tomorrow.  We are going to Barcelona for a long weekend on Friday.  Then I will have 3 full weeks of work and then I’ll have 3 weeks off.  It’s only fair to keep my head down and get through it. I can’t believe I’m just 7 weeks from New Year’s Eve in northern Germany, maybe Hamburg or Kiel or who knows.  Still hoping to have a 1-2 night stay in Copenhagen around January 2.

Then I’ll have to work 5 weeks and then I’ll have 2 weeks “off” in Morocco.  And before you know it, it’s March.  The time has been going by so fast lately that I find myself purposely enjoying moving more slowly so that the days move at a speed I can understand. 🙂

Listening to Howard Stern do a commercial for Klondike right now.  I’m downloading the Ryan Adams show from 2 nights ago in Dublin.  I think it’s going to be an epic show but I need 2 more hours to download it.  Now I’m going to news in the hammock and listen to Stern.